After wondering for months what Samsung’s SGH-T999 Android for T-Mobile might be, we recently started considering that it could represent the carrier’s version of the Galaxy S III. That’s far from confirmed at the moment, but it certainly seems like a decent possibility, considering both that we were expecting T999 to be quite the high-end device, and how it showed-up grouped with other GS3 models in a recent video. Even if we can cross that mystery off our lists, we’re far from done with identifying unknown phones, as some new evidence shows another similar [...]
Batteries are included inside all our smartphones and tablets, but most of us don’t pay much attention to them — not until we run out of juice.
Every phone includes the capacity of its battery somewhere on its spec sheet. A Nexus One includes a 1400mAh battery and a GSM Galaxy Nexus includes a 1750mAh battery. Both run at 3.7 volts.
In batteries, “pressure” is measured in voltage, the size of the jug is measured in amp-hours (or milliamp hours). If we compare electricity to water, milliamp hours (mAh), are analogous to the size of a water jug; [...]
If you’ve been following the news surrounding the new HTC One series, you already know that Sprint has opened pre-orders for its version of the One XL, the Evo 4G LTE. It’s a solidly-specced device with a popular brand name that promises to sell well. If you’ve been following the news very closely, however, you also know that it packs a disadvantage cleverly disguised as a feature: an embedded SIM. Which makes about as much sense as a cast-iron laptop: they both offer the same degree of convenience and portability.
Pictured: lame sauce masquerading as [...]
Google Wallet is Google’s payment processing system. There’s an online version and an Android app that runs on certain phones with specific hardware and lets you use your smartphone like a credit card.
In the past we’ve described Google Wallet as “the coolest app that you can’t have” because it’s been limited to a very few phones on only a couple carriers.
What have been the problems?
First of all, your phone has to have an NFC chip and a “secure element”. Today, not many phones have the necessary hardware, and [...]
Last month, we started seeing signs that an update to bring the phone up to Android 4.0.4 was on its way out to owners of the fully-unlocked HSPA+ version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. At the time, there was no sign as to when owners of the LTE-enabled GNex on Verizon might find themselves in a similar position. We’re still without any sort of official confirmation, nor even mention of a date when the update might become available, but once again, there are some signs that it’s already started arriving, even if in a very limited way.
A number of owners of the Galaxy [...]
Last week, we heard that new owners of the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint were running into some unusual problems with data services, finding themselves unable to acquire a cellular data connection with their handsets. Luckily for them, Sprint quickly acknowledged the problem, and posted that a software update to resolve the issue would be forthcoming. While the carrier didn’t commit to a precise release schedule, it did note that the update would likely be available early this week. Sure enough, Sprint has now posted support documents for the update, which it says will be going out to [...]
With the NFC-enabled Google Wallet app arriving on more devices, more phones coming with NFC, and batteries not getting any bigger, is is safe to upgrade your battery? Given the fact that batteries in these phones have a message on them that indicate they include NFC inside the battery itself, can you you simply swap your battery? Will doing so make Google Wallet stop working? How does all this magical NFC stuff work, anyway?
We’ll answer that, and more, in today’s episode of the Android Guy Weekly!
What is NFC?
NFC, or Near Field Communication, is [...]
Last week, I wrote a piece about how notification LEDs on mobile devices were a dead art form. That editorial generated a lot of interesting discussion, and a recurring theme in the comments was the suggestion that I download a third-party app to better control my Android LED experience. Most mentioned of all was Light Flow, by Rage Consulting Limited. So I decided to give it a whirl.
A few points before we check the app out: I was only able to test the app on one Android device, a Verizon Galaxy Nexus running a stock build of ICS 4.0.2. Your experience may, and almost certainly [...]
Sprint just launched its version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and though its LTE network isn’t quite ready for prime time, new owners of the handset can get online with the carrier’s 3G network until 4G becomes available. At least, that’s the way thing were supposed to work, but apparently some users are running into a fair deal of trouble just getting the phone to connect over 3G.
A number of Galaxy Nexus owners have been posting to Sprint’s community forums with their tales of brand-new phones that just refuse to connect to cellular data. WiFi is [...]
If you are an Android fan and you somehow managed to resist the temptation of getting yourself the latest and greatest Nexus device made by Samsung, this might be just for you as eXpansys USA has a great deal on the phone.
It is unlocked and it goes for $399.99. If AT&T or T-Mobile are your flavors (or you’re an international user) then you might want to grab this opportunity; the price is pretty good! If you are buying your first Galaxy Nexus you might want to read our review. As for the specs, you should know them by heart now: 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, [...]
For a phone that’s already been out for five months, the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus has been doing a great job at keeping up a high profile. Granted, a lot of that has to do with its status as the flagship Android 4.0 handset, but there’s a lot more to it; slow-to-arrive ICS updates for other devices have helped extend the phone’s time in the sun, and Sprint’s introduction of the model as one of its first LTE devices is helping to give it another shot in the arm. Recently, we’ve been seeing pricing on the Galaxy Nexus reach new subsidized lows. Today [...]
Those among you who are owners of the unlocked, international GSM variant of the Samsung-made Google Galaxy Nexus can manually check for an update if the OTA notification hasn’t already popped up on their phones.
The build reportedly being pushed out is IMM76I and is there to fix problems users were experiencing regarding loss of signal. There are no other changes to the OS version, radios or kernel so it you are having signal loss issues you might want to update. If the refresh is not yet available for you then you might want to manually grab it from the source below if [...]
Earlier this week, Sprint formally announced the launch plans for its Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which so far has only been available to US smartphone users at a subsidized price from Verizon. Verizon’s been selling that model at a premium $300 on-contract, so the news that Sprint’s version of the phone, with the same 32GB of storage, would be available for a hundred dollars less seemed like a good way to steal a few sales from Verizon. Sprint may not end up getting that break after all, as a newly-leaked Verizon MAP list shows an upcoming price slash for the Galaxy [...]
It’s not officially supported, but installing Google Wallet on Verizon’s version of the Galaxy Nexus is one of the simplest workarounds ever -it’s as easy as sideloading an app if you’re in the US- and the result is a Google Wallet device that’s just as capable as any other. I recently took the plunge, and rolled a camera while doing so, for your viewing enjoyment.
Once installed, I spent a week seeking out venues that accepted Google Wallet. I drew a lot of curious looks, bought a lot of candy, and drew the (faux) ire of my favorite barber … [...]